At SOCOTEC, ensuring that we have a dynamic and skilled workforce to deliver our accredited analytical testing services and projects to our client base is essential. Whether you are coming in at assistant or management level, we have a wide range of jobs in labs available across our infrastructure and environmental sectors.
What qualifications do you need to work in the labs?
There are a number of different options available for those who may be interested in working in the labs. Those applying at graduate level should have a degree in a relevant scientific subject, such as biology, chemistry, physics or biochemistry, while school leavers looking to pursue an apprenticeship or entry-level position should have a minimum of four GSCEs at Grade 4 or above and three A Levels (ideally having specialised in at least one scientific subject).
There are also a number of key attributes for those who are thinking about applying for a laboratory job, including analytical skills, a keen eye for detail, good communication skills and effective time management.
What will a laboratory role involve?
Laboratory technicians support scientists by assisting with tests, research and investigations, while also participating in routine technical tasks and experiments. This role serves as an ideal starting point for a career in the laboratory sector, allowing you to build up your experience before taking on a more senior role (such as a laboratory manager).
If you are considering pursuing a lab career, examples of tasks you will undertake include:
- Performing important laboratory tasks to deadlines, specifications and required standards
- Sampling and testing materials
- Maintaining good working practices and a clean/safe working environment
- Producing reports/test sheets and performing calculations
- Calibrating equipment.
Want to begin your career in SOCOTEC's lab team?
Whether you are an aspiring lab assistant fresh out of education or a forward-thinking laboratory manager with a wealth of experience under your belt, SOCOTEC has a wealth of careers opportunities available.